Saturday, April 21, 2012

Estate Sale score!

I woke up this morning compelled to type in sewing on Craigslist. I found an estate for a former fashion model with a sewing machine listed. Where there is a sewing machine there is usually other sewing type things. While this one was not a huge haul, it was pretty good for $15. First of all, the big win...

Hooray! A sleeve roll, a pressing ham and a 'Pres Mit'! What does a press mitt do? Who knows? But, it was next to these other bad boys, so I figured it was a find. 

Here is the Pres Mit in action. Maybe I can hold stuff over my hand while I press? That would be handy. By the way, how do you like my new table cloth? I've been doing some home makeover tutorials over at the SewVac blog. My house is looking sharp! And yes, I do still sew, smarty pants.

I also discovered do you say...sleeve press board. You know what I mean!

Sewing paraphernalia here includes some eyelets and an eyelet tool. This is all pretty usable stuff.

Some button fasteners that could come in handy. I'm horrible at buttons, so keeping this in my purse as a public decency protector may be just the thing I need!

I found this book for $2 plus 30% off! It is huge and awesome.

It covers everything from history, tailoring, techniques, etc.

It is copyrighted 1970 and includes a chapter on some famous hot designers such as Pierre Cardin, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Guy LaRoche, Emanuel Ungaro, Pucci, Valentine and Oscar de la Renta. Man, those guys just keep trucking 42 years later. I bet they have cooler stock photos now though.

There are also pages and pages of full color photos with notions and trims and how to use them. I can't wait to dive into this book!


  1. Stacie,
    wow..what a great find.. Isn't it so much fun, when you find these super fun things?
    Love all your finds.. and the books are fantastic.. Enjoy.

  2. Ooo nice finds! I'm jealous of all your pressing tools, and that book looks like an interesting read. :)

  3. I have the same book! Got it from my Grandma. Even though I have many newer sewing books, this is my go-to book for how-to's. It's very detailed and has lots of very retro photos. LOVE IT!!! Good for you on your finds! SCORE!